3) Be aware of where your dog is sitting when you stop during walks to cat with neighbors. Be sure your canine companion is not sitting in the direct sun.
4) Have fresh water in a portable container while out on walks and always available where your pet spends his time. For a cool treat, add crushed ice to the water.
5) When outdoors, be sure your pet has a shaded area, as well as a shelter to get out of the sun and rain.
6) Fill a child's plastic pool with water for some wet and wild fun.
7) Sprinklers are a fun alternative on hot days.
8) Bring your pet into the house out of the sun during the hottest times of the day and let them relax in air conditioning
or near fans.
9) Walk the perimeter of your property and conduct a poisonous plant check at canine eye level.
10) Keep a watchful eye out for bees, beehives (some are hidden in the dirt and grass), snakes, and rodents. Keep Benadryl on hand in case of bee sting emergencies (check with your vet for dosage amounts).
11) Keep up on their flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives.
12) Update First Aid Kits.
13) The use of cooler beds can keep long-haired and winter breed dogs cool.
14) Slip on doggie goggles to protect their eyes when they are riding in a boat or hanging their head out a moving car window.
15) Most importantly, never ever leave your dog in a car during the hot weather. It only takes a very short period of time to causes heat exhaustion, collapse, and death. Please leave your furbaby home until the cooler weather arrives.
16) And if you see a dog left unattended in a car, please call the police or dog warden. Be the dog's advocate as he can not speak for himself to let us know when he is in danger.
But most of all, enjoy a happy and safe summer
There are only four days left to submit your entry into our "Patriotic Pets" Photo Contest! Click on our header for details. Winning pets will be announced on July 4th, and we will also post a slideshow featuring all of the entries. The judges are ready, and we have some cool prizes, too!